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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Lane Ladd

Dates:  1913, 16 October - 1988, 10 March
Died:  US, CA, Alameda

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Approved biography for Lane Ladd
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Lane Ladd was born on October 16, 1913, the son of Edward Ladd, who in 1925 founded the Evanston Review, a weekly newspaper in Evanston, Illinois. Ladd was listed in the Evanston city directory in 1939 as a student living at home and in 1948 as a buyer for Montgomery Ward, the department store.
Ladd exhibited modestly in the late 1940s, including at the 1947 and 1948 Chicago salons, each of which accepted two of his prints. He was a member of the Film Pack and the North Shore Camera Club.
His image Composigraph is, as its title suggests, a combination print, made from a negative of a kneeling nude in profile and one of a light switch. Ladd created a modernist piece by printing the switch in reversed tones and superimposing a starburst pattern over the entire image.
Lane Ladd moved to California in about 1953, taking up residence in Oakland. When he died, on March 10, 1988, he was living in nearby Alameda. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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